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Here's an interesting strategy that can help you stay focused and plan well for a successful run.
In addition to the length of the race, you also need to take into account other factors such as the weather conditions (rain, wind, cold), altitude, effort levels… which will consume energy!
Never miss out on a supply station in the hope of gaining a little time as you may pay for the consequences at the end of the race. Inadequate nutrition during a race is often the reason why some people abandon the race!
Having said this, take care to read the race rules carefully because there will be some restrictions!
Even if the physical preparation has gone well and you have the appropriate strategy (pace, nutrition, equipment), the race will not necessarily be easy. You will have to cope with difficulties and dig deep into your own mental resources!
This can be lessened by anticipating everything that could happen during the race as much as possible and finding YOUR OWN solutions in advance! And if the unexpected should occur or the pain should become too intense, a positive thought can also help to overcome a "difficult" moment during a race.